CSCS Test for Operatives

Below is a free CSCS Test for Operatives, also known as the CITB Health, Safety and Environment test. Depending on your job role on the construction site; if you’re a labourer or bricklayer for example, you will have to take this test in order to obtain your CSCS Card. If you have a managerial role, you can practice with the CSCS Test for Managers and Professionals.

This CSCS mock test for Operatives is made up of 50 multiple choice questions. You have 45 minutes to complete the test. The pass mark is 45/50. Click here to read more about the CSCS test pass mark.

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CSCS Mock Test for Operatives


You have 45 minutes to answer 50 multiple choice CSCS Test questions for Operatives and Specialists. You need to answer at least 45 out of 50 questions correctly to pass.

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A Certain jobs to be carried out safely under more strictly controlled conditions
B Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspectors to visit the site
C The emergency services to come on to the site after an accident
D Untrained people to work without supervision
Correct Answer: A Certain jobs to be carried out safely under more strictly controlled conditions
A Because they must inform you of things that will protect your health and safety
B So that you will never have to attend any other health and safety training
C So that your employer will not have any legal responsibility for your health and safety
D So you do not have any responsibilities for health and safety
Correct Answer: A Because they must inform you of things that will protect your health and safety
A As little as possible because you don't want to get people into trouble
B Exactly what you saw
C Nothing, as you are not a scaffold expert
D Who you think is to blame and how they should be punished
Correct Answer: B Exactly what you saw
A If you are injured in any way
B Only if you have suffered a broken bone
C Only if you have to be off work
D Only if you have to go to hospital
Correct Answer: A If you are injured in any way
A Someone from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE)
B The first aider
C The injured person or someone acting for them
D The site manager
Correct Answer: C The injured person or someone acting for them
A In the Health & Safety Executive's (HSE) accident database
B In the accident report book
C In the main contractor's diary
D In the site engineer's day book
Correct Answer: B In the accident report book
A A sub-contractor
B Anyone who saw the accident happen
C The Health and Safety Executive (HSE)
D You
Correct Answer: D You
A Bandages
B Plasters
C Safety pins
D Tablets and medicines
Correct Answer: D Tablets and medicines
A Ensure they stay still and don't move them until medical help arrives
B Raise their legs to see if any feeling comes back
C Roll them onto their back and keep their legs straight
D Roll them onto their side and bend their legs
Correct Answer: A Ensure they stay still and don't move them until medical help arrives
A Dial 999 and ask for an ambulance
B Phone the electricity company
C Pull them away from the cable
D Switch off the power and call for help
Correct Answer: D Switch off the power and call for help
A Paraffin
B Soap and water
C Thinners
D White spirit
Correct Answer: B Soap and water
A Putting barrier cream on your hands before eating
B Washing your hands before eating
C Washing your work gloves then putting them on again before eating
D Wearing protective gloves then turning them inside-out before eating
E Wearing protective gloves while you are working
Correct Answer: B Washing your hands before eating, E Wearing protective gloves while you are working
A Ask the Local Authority to put down rat poison
B Only put food and drink rubbish in bins provided
C Put rat traps around the site
D Throw food scraps over the fence or hoarding
Correct Answer: B Only put food and drink rubbish in bins provided
A No, different types of glove protect against different types of hazard
B Only if you cover the gloves with barrier cream
C Only if you put barrier cream on your hands as well
D Yes, all gloves are made to the same standard
Correct Answer: A No, different types of glove protect against different types of hazard
A Fit a dust extractor or collector to the machine
B Keep the area clean and tidy
C Wear a dust mask or respirator
D Wet cutting
E Work slowly and carefully
Correct Answer: A Fit a dust extractor or collector to the machine, D Wet cutting
A Dampen down the area
B Make sure there is plenty of ventilation
C Put your protective mask back on
D Work as quickly as possible to minimise exposure to dust
Correct Answer: D Work as quickly as possible to minimise exposure to dust
A No, the damage is permanent
B Yes, if you change jobs
C Yes, if you have an operation
D Yes, with time
Correct Answer: A No, the damage is permanent
A Blisters on your hands and arms
B Damaged blood vessels and nerves in your fingers and hands
C Skin cancer
D Skin irritation, like dermatitis
Correct Answer: B Damaged blood vessels and nerves in your fingers and hands
A Do not use it as the substance is poisonous
B Find out what protection you need as the substance is harmful and could damage your health
C Use it sparingly as the substance is expensive
D Wear gloves as the substance can burn your skin
Correct Answer: B Find out what protection you need as the substance is harmful and could damage your health
A To be prepared for safety inspections
B To complete the job quickly
C To prevent personal injury
D To satisfy the client's requirements
Correct Answer: C To prevent personal injury
A Ask someone to help you pull the trolley the rest of the way
B Carry the load the rest of the way
C Drag the trolley on your own the rest of the way
D Find another way to move the load
Correct Answer: D Find another way to move the load
A Ask someone to help carry the load so that you can both see ahead
B Get someone to walk in front of you and tell others to get out of the way
C Get someone to walk next to you and give directions
D Move the load on your own because it is so large that anyone in your way is sure to see it
Correct Answer: A Ask someone to help carry the load so that you can both see ahead
A Clear a path inside the van so you can get a good grip on it
B Drag it closer, then lift it
C Lean over slightly while moving it closer
D Leave it in the back of the van
Correct Answer: A Clear a path inside the van so you can get a good grip on it
A Caution - poor lighting
B Safety glasses cleaning station
C Warning - bright lights or lasers
D You must wear safety eye protection
Correct Answer: D You must wear safety eye protection
A Dispose of substance or contents by burning
B Warning - substance or contents are flammable (can catch fire easily)
C Warning - substance or contents are harmful
D Warning - substance or contents could explode
Correct Answer: B Warning - substance or contents are flammable (can catch fire easily)
A Flashing lights ahead
B Radioactive area
C Warning - explosive substance
D Warning - laser beams
Correct Answer: D Warning - laser beams
A By reading your employer's health and safety policy
B During a visit by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE)
C During site induction
D Your colleagues will tell you
Correct Answer: C During site induction
A To the assembly point
B To the site canteen
C To the site office
D To the site welfare facilities
Correct Answer: A To the assembly point
A Electrical fires
B Flammable liquids (fuel, oil, varnish, paints, etc.)
C Metal and molten metal
D Solid material fires
E Wood, paper and textile fires
Correct Answer: A Electrical fires, C Metal and molten metal
Correct Answer: C , D
A Check the copper wires aren't showing in the cut and then use the cable
B Put a bigger fuse in the cable plug
C Put electrical tape around the damaged part
D Report the fault and make sure no-one else uses the cable
Correct Answer: D Report the fault and make sure no-one else uses the cable
A To balance the machine
B To give you a firm handhold
C To stop fragments flying into the air
D To stop materials getting onto the blade or wheel
E To stop you coming into contact with the blade or wheel
Correct Answer: C To stop fragments flying into the air, E To stop you coming into contact with the blade or wheel
A Adjust the guard to expose just enough blade to let you do the job
B Adjust the guard to expose the maximum amount of blade
C Remove the guard but wear leather gloves to protect your hands
D Remove the guard so that you can clearly see the blade
Correct Answer: A Adjust the guard to expose just enough blade to let you do the job
A Always carry the tool by its cord
B Always leave the tool plugged in when you check or adjust it
C Always unplug the tool by pulling its cord
D Always unplug the tool when you are not using it
Correct Answer: D Always unplug the tool when you are not using it
A Ask a colleague to show you how to use it
B Dig the hole without it
C Read the manual before you start work
D Tell your supervisor you haven't been trained
Correct Answer: D Tell your supervisor you haven't been trained
A Get the attention of the driver before you get too close
B Keep to the designated pedestrian routes
C Ride on the plant
D Wear hi-vis clothing
Correct Answer: B Keep to the designated pedestrian routes
A Help the driver to reverse
B Pass close to the front of the crane
C Start to run so that you can pass behind the reversing crane
D Wait or find another way around the crane
Correct Answer: D Wait or find another way around the crane
A As long as the site speed limit is not exceeded
B Only if it is designed to carry passengers and has a designated seat
C Only if the cab door is shut
D Only if they have a long way to walk
Correct Answer: B Only if it is designed to carry passengers and has a designated seat
A A delivery note
B A hazardous information sheet
C A repair or damage information sheet
D A report of thorough examination
Correct Answer: D A report of thorough examination
A Don't use it and make sure that others know about the damage
B Don't use it and report the damage at the end of your shift
C Try to mend the damage
D Use the ladder if you can avoid the damaged part
Correct Answer: A Don't use it and make sure that others know about the damage
A Cover them with netting
B Mark the areas with red and white tape
C Tell everyone where the dangerous areas are
D Use secure covers that can take the weight of a person and add warning signage
Correct Answer: D Use secure covers that can take the weight of a person and add warning signage
A Climb down the shoring
B Go down in an excavator bucket
C Use a fixed staircase
D Use the buried services as steps
Correct Answer: C Use a fixed staircase
A To carry out a risk assessment for the work
B To check compliance with the method statement
C To start the rescue plan if there is an emergency
D To supervise the work inside the confined space
Correct Answer: C To start the rescue plan if there is an emergency
A There is a high risk of fire or explosion
B You could become unconscious
C You might get dehydrated
D Your hearing could be affected
Correct Answer: B You could become unconscious
A Carry on working and hope that the feeling will go away
B Get out, let your head clear and then go back in again
C Make sure that you and any others get out quickly and report it
D Sit down in the trench and take a rest
Correct Answer: C Make sure that you and any others get out quickly and report it
Correct Answer: B Gas
A Always take much more than required - just in case you need it
B Leave bags of cement and plaster out in the rain, unprotected
C Only take or open what you need and return or reseal anything left over
D Re-use off-cuts (such as half bricks) as far as possible, rather than discarding them
E Use new materials at the beginning of each day
Correct Answer: C Only take or open what you need and return or reseal anything left over, D Re-use off-cuts (such as half bricks) as far as possible, rather than discarding them
A Damaged hard hat
B Glass fibre insulation
C Part full tins of oil-based paint
D Softwood timber off-cuts
Correct Answer: C Part full tins of oil-based paint
A Do not place them there, as compaction of the soil over the roots can damage the tree
B Only place them there if they will not be damaged by passing vehicles
C Only place them there if you can avoid damaging your vehicle or branches
D Place them there as they will not be in the way
Correct Answer: A Do not place them there, as compaction of the soil over the roots can damage the tree